Westminster Social Policy Forum

Next steps for the Northern Powerhouse - investment, infrastructure and economic growth

Morning, Friday, 26th October 2018

Central Manchester

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders to assess next steps for the Northern Powerhouse, and for supporting regional growth across the North of England.


It will be an opportunity to discuss key themes from the consultation responses to Transport for the North on its Strategic Transport Plan - and its proposals for the creation of strategic development corridors, a long term rail strategy, a new system of integrated and smart travel, and major road network improvements.


The seminar also follows the announcement of up to £780 million for major upgrades to the East Coast Main Line, and will also be an opportunity to discuss the allocation of the previously agreed £400 million of extra transport funding, which includes £100 million towards local road schemes to reduce congestion and £300 million of funding for Northern Powerhouse Rail.


Further sessions will examine the impact on growth and innovation for universities across the region, how the North can develop as a cultural hub following the announcement of a new £3m fund to support creative and cultural organisations, and the issues facing business in promoting economic growth locally.


Delegates will also discuss the initial impact of the introduction of Metro Mayors in the region with the Sheffield City Region electing its first Metro Mayor - as well as the future for governance in the Powerhouse as the Government announces legislation to progress the £600m North of Tyne Devolution Deal, enters into discussions with the Liverpool City Region and Tees Valley to explore scope for further devolution and the proposed formation of the NP11 which aims to act as one voice representing a modern day ‘Council for the North.'



Guests of Honour

Henri Murison

Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

Barry White

Chief Executive, Transport for the North

Guest of Honour

Henri Murison

Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

Keynote Speakers

Deborah McLaughlin

Managing Director, Real Estate Projects, Real Estate and Infrastructure, Capita

Barry White

Chief Executive, Transport for the North

Chairs

Kevin Hollinrake MP

Member of Parliament for Thirsk and Malton and Co-Chair, Northern Powerhouse All-Party Parliamentary Group

Julie Elliott MP

Member of Parliament for Sunderland Central and Co-Chair, Northern Powerhouse All-Party Parliamentary Group

Speakers

Christine Gaskell

Chair, Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership and Vice-Chair, NP11

Graham Botham

Strategy and Planning Director (North), Network Rail

Justin Kelly

Director, Corporate Communications and Business Development, Siemens and Board Member, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

Sue Barnard

Senior Relationship Manager, British Business Bank

Marian Sudbury

Director, Exports and Investment, Northern Powerhouse, Department for International Trade

Councillor Judith Blake

Leader, Leeds City Council

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Manchester

A senior speaker confirmed from the Cities and Local Growth Unit